Gays In China Devastated By HIV/AIDS


According to recent figures released by the Chinese Ministry of Health indicate that one out of three new HIV infections is gay.

The ministry said the research showed that in some south-western cities on the mainland, HIV prevalence among local men having sex with men had almost reached 20 per cent.

Nationwide, the situation shows approximately 5% of Men of have Sex with Men are living with HIV.    Which is a staggering 88 times higher than the national HIV prevalence of straight people.

However, according to government figures, less than half of the MSM population has access to HIV testing services and less than 15% of HIV-positive MSM who need treatment are receiving it.

"Cities are at the heart of China’s development and progress, and must remain at the forefront of its HIV response," Michel SidibĂ©, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) addressed the workshop here Saturday to address a rapidly-growing HIV epidemic among MSM, as reported in China Daily.

"Through bold action to address HIV among men who have sex with men, cities can lead the way to achieving the UNAIDS vision of Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths. We hope that over the next year, many more Chinese cities will implement city-based MSM strategies," he added.

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